Attractions in East Sussex

There are plenty of places to see and visit in East Sussex. Whether you love hiking or cycling, East Sussex is a region where 20 hidden gems are waiting to be explored and visited. Check the top places to visit in the region and plan your next adventure today.

The top 20 Attractions in East Sussex

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    Ditchling Beacon

    Road Cycling Highlight

    Ditchling Beacon is the third-highest point on the South Downs, with spectacular views - it's a great climb to test the legs on.

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    Hiking Path to The Seven Sisters

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    This section of trail takes you through Seven Sisters Country Park and along the magnificent white cliffs of the Seven Sisters themselves. Along this entire section you are rewarded with …

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    Dan
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    Eastbourne Pier

    Hiking Highlight

    Construction of Eastbourne Pier began in April 1866 and was completed in 1872. The pier entrance was originally built on the lower promenade. However, it was swept away during rough …

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    Dan
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    Old Rye Harbour

    Hiking Highlight

    This is Rye's ancient harboir. Medieval maps show that Rye was located on a huge bay in the English Channel. Now the harbour is about 2 miles from the open …

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    Mermaid Street

    Hiking Highlight

    The Mermaid Inn is one of England's oldest inns. The sign says that it was rebuilt in 1420. The oldest part of the building is the cellars, cut from rock, …

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    Cuckoo Trail

    Bike Touring Highlight

    A 14 mile (22 km) traffic-free cycle path through the heart of the Sussex countryside, the Cuckoo Trail is a wonderful place to cycle. The trail, which forms part of …

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    Amy
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    Bodiam Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    The castle grounds are free if you enter through the footpath because of the U.K. right-of-way laws. It is spectacular but I didn't go inside as it's a ruin (in very good condition) and so the outside is most spectacular.

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    Alan
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    Church of St Mary

    Hiking Highlight

    For more than 900 years the Parish Church of Rye, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin, has dominated the hill on which the old town stands.

    When the building of …

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    Brian
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    Long Man of Wilmington

    Hiking Highlight

    At 235 feet (72 metres) tall, the Long Man of Wilmington is said to be the largest representation of a human form in Europe. However, despite its size and enduring …

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    Dan
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    Camber Castle

    Hiking Highlight

    As mentioned earlier, natural processes were at work on this coastline. Sediment was being shifted along the coast by the action of wind and waves, being deposited here and gradually …

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    Beachy Head Lighthouse

    Hiking Highlight

    This lighthouse was built in 1902. The original lighthouse, that being Belle Tout, was moved in one piece in 1999 following cliff erosion. A new lighthouse was then built. In …

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    Andrew
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    Ypres Tower

    Hiking Highlight

    The Ypres Tower is thought to have been built in the early 14th century as part of the town’s defences and is the second oldest building open to the public …

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    Brian
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    Seven Sisters Natural Trail

    Hiking Highlight (Segment)

    The road between Oarkplatz and Seven Sisters is a beautiful biotope. Take your time and go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. A flock of birds will …

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    Belle Tout Lighthouse

    Hiking Highlight

    The Belle Tout lighthouse was the original one at Beachy Head. It was built in 1832 and operated until the end of the century. The light was becoming ineffective due …

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    Andrew
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    Friston Forest MTB trails

    Mountain Biking Highlight

    Friston Forest MTB trails
    Lots of fun to be had here, including family bike routes, but even better is the mtb trails. There is loads of routes, to many to …

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    Stu
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    Old railway track

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Gentle, green, leafy, good tarmac, cycle and walking traffic only. There are picnic spots, and over bridges and nice views. The townships are nothing special though. Heathfield is probably the …

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    Liam
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    Redoubt Fortress

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Eastbourne Redoubt is a circular coastal defence fort at Eastbourne, East Sussex, on the south coast of England. It was built in 1805 as part of the British anti-invasion preparations …

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    Brian
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    Over old Railroads

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Great rustic railway track to East Grinstead. Absolutely recommendable

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    Bedgebury Forest MTB Trails

    Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)

    Bedgebury Forest MTB trails
    Red route at Bedgebury - well sign posted throughout, purpose signal track for mtb. Some black trail parts but you can opt out easily if needed. …

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    Stu
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    Firle Beacon

    Hiking Highlight

    Standing at 712 feet (217 metres) tall, Firle Beacon affords extensive views over the South Downs. There are many ancient burial sites on and around the summit, many of which …

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    Dan

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